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Specializes in around 25 years psych, 10 years medical. Has 42 years experience.

Asa child, I remember my maternal?Uncle telling stories to my Mom about his visits to his?Chiropractor. I asked my Mom what a Chiropractor was and, basically,?she replied, "They're quacks".

As a young LPN at Weed Rover Township Hospital, working as a OR scrub nurse back in the mid '80's,?I worked with some medical student externs. One extern had his DC and I remember him saying, "Yeah- I'm going to be a?real?doctor!"

So, my belief system was built upon opinions that Chiropractors aren't real Doctors, and are?basically useless.

I supervised a Methadone Clinic in the early aughts, and a Cracker Jack LPN in his early 50's, Chuck, basically ran it. Chuck and I were chatting one day when the subject came around to back pain. Chuck told me of an episode in his life where he experienced some severe back pain and had set up surgical treatment as a remedy.

Chuck said that two days before he was to have surgery, someone asked if he had consulted with a Chiropractor. Chuck told me, "I thought- what the heck? A Chiropractor can't make my back any worse".

Chuck relayed to me the good results for which he did not need surgery as the?result of a?Chiropractor's intervention.?I thought, "Hmmmm..."

In 2011, I was doing some pretty heavy duty landscaping around my place. I suffered from sharp, chronic left shoulder pain. My medical nurse wife Belinda and I were discussing which Orthopedic Surgeon, that she worked with, should do the surgery when I thought of seeking services from a Chiropractor.

When Dr. Jeff adjusted my neck, it was a total relief! I was out of pain and was giddy! It was better than drugs!

Recently, my left shoulder has again been bothering me. I attempt to work out the numerous aches and pains that I experience here and there, and many are transient. Once it gets to two weeks, I gotta visit Dr. Jeff, and did so yesterday.

Once again with the adjustments, my shoulder significantly improved, and I gave Dr. Jeff a hug.

What are your thoughts, feelings, or experiences with chiropractic interventions? Are they quacks, not real doctors, or healers?

TheMoonisMyLantern, ADN, LPN, RN

Specializes in Mental health, substance abuse, geriatrics, PCU. Has 14 years experience.

Well I think their a little bit quackie and a little bit awesome. I was struggling to control my lower back pain with analgesic creams and massage therapy but still wasn't getting satisfying relief. Out of desperation I finally turned to chiropractor he said he could help my back and even cure me my diabetes, that was impressive. Well, he worked on me and made a dramatic improvement with my pain control. I go every so often for a tune up. Still have diabetes though???

Davey Do

Specializes in around 25 years psych, 10 years medical. Has 42 years experience.

1 hour ago, TheMoonisMyLantern said:

?he worked on me and made a dramatic improvement with my pain control. I go every so often for a tune up.?

Same here, Moon. I have physically abused my body for years through?trauma?from accidents,?manual labor, and pursuits of thrill.

I work out and exercise every day and have a tendency to push my body to a point of tolerable pain,?like the moron who repeatedly hit himself in the head with a hammer.

It feels SO good when we stop.

GrumpyRN, NP

Specializes in Emergency Department. Has 39 years experience.

I at one time thought about using them - my wife went to one for an initial consultation.?I noticed he had an X-Ray machine (UK has very different regulations, I had to do a course and get audited yearly to be able to request X-Rays as part of my job) and they were talking about "subluxation" I could not see it and did a bit of research. Apparently they talk a lot about radiologicaly invisible subluxation.??

I believe that a few years ago chiropracters were talking about curing asthma, infant colic and now TMIML's diabetes.

Osteopaths are different.

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I'm under the impression there are different types. Ones that stick with back/ neck issues, and ones that believe they can cure any ailment with readjustments.

In the stroke world, we generally stay away from chiropracters???

Davey Do

Specializes in around 25 years psych, 10 years medical. Has 42 years experience.

28 minutes ago, GrumpyRN said:

I at one time thought about using them - my wife went to one for an initial consultation.?I noticed he had an X-Ray machine (UK has very different regulations

Yeah, Grumpy. Dr. Jeff took initial X-rays of me. Once a year, he does a basic assessment with VS and such.

I leave the general stuff, like a routine physical with labs, to my PCP.

For physical aches and pains, I go see?Dr. Jeff every few months or so.

Davey Do

Specializes in around 25 years psych, 10 years medical. Has 42 years experience.

10 minutes ago, MelEpiRN said:

I'm under the impression there are different types. Ones that stick with back/ neck issues, and ones that believe they can cure any ailment with readjustments.

In the stroke world, we generally stay away from chiropractors?

Yeah, MelEpiRN, I consider chiropractors to be relatively a specialty.

For example, I see a Dentist for my teeth.

amoLucia

Specializes in LTC.

Years ago, I worked with an RN whom I trusted & respected immensely. ?Her dtr was a chiro, but knowing my colleague, I knew she would NEVER have allowed her dtr to pursue a 'quack or pseudo'?medical career.?I?gave her dtr a chance as I was in such dire straits from pain & immobility r/t a sublax shldr..

Dtr could barely even touch me that first visit, I felt like Quasimodo. But within a few tx, I was signif improved. She worked her 'magical' hands?on me.?Later, I followed with another DC more local.

I'm a believer!!? Just as long as you get a good practitioner. Only thing is that they need to repeat txs so often. But it beat surgery.

Funny thing is that I believe my orig injury was from a work incident at the cottages where I worked. I used to teach ARC CPR?and?while I walking into?a bldg, I ricocheted off the doorframe with the big old Resusci-Annie suitcase. Didn't feel anything at the time, but later, it was the only cause for my shoulder pain I could think of. Today, years later, my left shldr has a partially-torn rotator cuff. Who knew!?

Hoosier_RN, MSN

Specializes in dialysis. Has 28 years experience.

There are good and bad. I occasionally go to one for the various aches and pains of getting older. She's never claimed to have the cure to stop my aging process or my T1D...

Davey Do

Specializes in around 25 years psych, 10 years medical. Has 42 years experience.

On 2/4/2021 at 6:27 PM, Hoosier_RN said:

?I occasionally go to one for the various aches and pains?

We?don't necessarily have to pay a chiropractor?for the?various?aches and pains, Hoosier.

Just be Zen about it, and the various?aches and pains will freely come to you!

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Hoosier_RN, MSN

Specializes in dialysis. Has 28 years experience.

2 hours ago, Davey Do said:

We?don't necessarily have to pay a chiropractor?for the?various?aches and pains, Hoosier.

Just be Zen about it, and the various?aches and pains will freely come to you!

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Smarty pants ??

Davey Do

Specializes in around 25 years psych, 10 years medical. Has 42 years experience.

3 minutes ago, Hoosier_RN said:

Smarty pants ??

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Hoosier_RN, MSN

Specializes in dialysis. Has 28 years experience.

4 hours ago, Davey Do said:

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speedynurse, ADN, RN, EMT-P

Specializes in ER, Pre-Op, PACU.

I am one that think conventional and alternative medicine can often work hand in hand. (Saying that though, I understand there are many types of alternative medicine). I think chiropractors can give very real relief from chronic pain and injuries. Same thing with diet ?modifications with chronic illness, exercise, etc. I think?both sides have to be?willing to learn from each other. In fact, many well known clinics and hospitals are incorporating alternative or integrative health with conventional medicine. My theory is do what helps and what works and provides relief!

TheMoonisMyLantern, ADN, LPN, RN

Specializes in Mental health, substance abuse, geriatrics, PCU. Has 14 years experience.

6 hours ago, speedynurse said:

I am one that think conventional and alternative medicine can often work hand in hand. (Saying that though, I understand there are many types of alternative medicine). I think chiropractors can give very real relief from chronic pain and injuries. Same thing with diet ?modifications with chronic illness, exercise, etc. I think?both sides have to be?willing to learn from each other. In fact, many well known clinics and hospitals are incorporating alternative or integrative health with conventional medicine. My theory is do what helps and what works and provides relief!

I think it pays to have an open mind especially when it comes to pain management. After the damage opioids have caused and the difficulty in obtaining them now for chronic pain patients, I think we'll see an even bigger shift in alternative therapies for pain management.

speedynurse, ADN, RN, EMT-P

Specializes in ER, Pre-Op, PACU.

8 hours ago, TheMoonisMyLantern said:

I think it pays to have an open mind especially when it comes to pain management. After the damage opioids have caused and the difficulty in obtaining them now for chronic pain patients, I think we'll see an even bigger shift in alternative therapies for pain management.

I think it’s even bigger than pain management. I am now seeing research hospitals recommend healthier diets for people with cancer, such a low sugar modifications, etc. I think we live in a society where everyone wants a quick fix instead of being willing to modify multiple parts of their lifestyles. I really admire patients that are willing to try different avenues to improve their health with chronic illness or even during their cancer battle.

Went to a chiropractor one time and felt great afterwards but unfortunately the relief only lasted for about 45 minutes.? Same thing on a subsequent visit, so I decided it wasn't worth the trouble for less than an hour of feeling better.

GrumpyRN, NP

Specializes in Emergency Department. Has 39 years experience.

Had back pain and numbness in my legs after lifting patients for 30+ years. Referred myself to hospital physio and got a few exercises which helped but did not clear it up. He organised an MRI and then referral to Orthopaedic surgeon. Had a circumflex inserted and decompression of L4/5 and felt immediate relief. At no point did I consider a chiropractor, too many stories of them making things worse.

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